I currently work as a receptionist at a medical practice – how can I become a manager?

What classes, college majors, languages, etc would benefit me to eventually move up?

Get your BS in Business Administration, major in whatever you like that will get you the "career" you like, bear in mind that the title of manager is just that it’s a manager, but what you need to specialize in is manager of what…and take some courses at the Small Business Administration as well. Don’t kid yourself, no one moves up within any business from receptionist to manager. You’d have to move to a different company to be a manager.



  • You should get a BA in business (and MBA if the practice is large). And you need the personality for it—it requires that you do the hiring and the firing of the staff whom you may consider your friends. A manager deals with the drama of the budget, too.References :

  • Get your BS in Business Administration, major in whatever you like that will get you the "career" you like, bear in mind that the title of manager is just that it’s a manager, but what you need to specialize in is manager of what…and take some courses at the Small Business Administration as well. Don’t kid yourself, no one moves up within any business from receptionist to manager. You’d have to move to a different company to be a manager.References :

  • I agree with your first two posters that getting a degree is a good way to jump start your career, but to manage the front office in a medical practice doesn’t take a degree. You’d need to learn the billing department tasks, the accounts receivable section as well as how different practices handle their medical records. In addition to that you’d need to know systems for scheduling and the other incidental jobs that go into any medical practice.

    One thing you should consider is the top salary for positions like the ones you’re considering. Often the managers of doctors’ offices don’t make a lot of money. I’m only telling you that from the perspective of a doctor’s office nurse. I worked as a nurse for an ENT specialist for a number of years and while it was a busy, successful practice the pay wasn’t even close to what the local hospitals paid.References :


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